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Re: Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2009, 05:13:03 PM »
As happy as I am for you, Ookla, I just can't help but groan over the fact that you will once again know the stories first, and subtley torture us during our theory sessions *cough*Mistborn*cough*  :-\
I wanted to write something profound here, but I couldn't think of anything.

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Re: Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2009, 05:37:17 PM »
I was going to know the stories first anyway since I would have been an alpha reader regardless, and there are actually more limits now on what I can torture you with.
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« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2009, 06:15:04 PM »
I, however, am not quite as restrained as Peter, and will continue to torture.
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Re: Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2009, 08:03:01 PM »
Ooh, I wanna be an Alpha reader!  :P

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Re: Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2009, 08:46:43 PM »
Your not the only one!  ;D  :-\
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Re: Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2009, 08:57:35 PM »
I, on the other hand, would rather consume the finished products. :)
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Re: Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2009, 10:01:55 PM »
I agree.  Being an Alpha Reader means error and continuity checking, grammar and prose recommendations, etc, and that is a little too much like work.
I wanted to write something profound here, but I couldn't think of anything.

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Re: Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2009, 10:58:13 PM »
I wouldn't mind it if it meant read a book seceral month early. I think it's worth it. But that is coming from someone who want to be an edtitor.  ;)
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Re: Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2009, 11:36:01 PM »
I'm with Bastille. I love to find typographical errors. I must admit, though, that if it felt too much like a job, then I would not enjoy it nearly as much.  :-\

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Re: Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2009, 11:49:11 PM »
I have to agree I would love to be an alpha reader.  Dealing with typos, grammar etc is a small price to pay to see the book early, to see it develop. Awesome
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Re: Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2009, 12:33:50 AM »
That's how I see it. It should feel good to see the finished product and know that you helped it. I would just being able to read the book another good part of the job.
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Re: Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« Reply #26 on: May 13, 2009, 03:03:01 AM »
Typos and grammar are actually the least helpful suggestions an alpha reader has to give. Things like that can get fixed very late by basically anyone. It's generally the big-picture comments that are more helpful to a writer early on.
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Re: Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« Reply #27 on: May 13, 2009, 03:54:25 AM »
Ookla, by big picture comments do you mean comments on story flow, continuity, cohesion, and character development?

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Re: Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« Reply #28 on: May 13, 2009, 04:44:52 AM »
Yeah, all that kind of stuff.

I'll agree that doing that stuff makes me read a book differently, but not in a bad way; I actually like doing that stuff. (As anyone who has ever received a crit from me on RE could probably surmise. ;) )

I might as well add my voice to the chorus of people expressing envy on the job- mind you, I basically envy anyone with a job that's not mine at the moment ::)

Congrats Ookla.

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Re: Congrats to Ookla The Mok
« Reply #29 on: May 13, 2009, 06:59:28 AM »
Yeah that's exactly what I meant. And sometimes you have to ignore spelling and grammar errors and not let them get in the way of your useful analysis.

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